What’s called “Cult Mom” Lori Vallow She is scheduled to stand trial for the murder of her two children and her ex-wife-in-law in October 2019 on April 3.
Her defense team will have to address questions Unknown killer To prove Fallow’s innocence after proving her eligibility for trial.
“It’s not unusual…to raise a surrogate suspect,” Richard Robertson, a private investigator hired to work on the Valo case in 2019, told Fox News Digital. “We refer to it as the SODI defense — done by another man.”
While many convicted murder suspects and killers have pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, the following five defendants and their defense teams have pointed the finger at unknown assailants in their efforts to prove innocence.
“I respect this court, but I am innocent,” Murdo said when he stood before the court in February. “Under no circumstances will I harm my wife Maggie, nor will I ever harm my son Bao Bao.”
In video evidence presented in court, Mordo He pinned his guard to the ground in the murders of Maggie and Paul, but the jury ultimately decided that the discovery presented in court was enough to sentence him to life in prison.
In one of the most widely televised criminal trials in the United States, the former NFL star og simpson He was accused of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her boyfriend Ron Goldman in 1994. He was acquitted in 1995.
“I did not, could not and will not commit this crime,” Simpson said when he initially pleaded not guilty to the murders in 1995.
Part of his defense team’s strategy included evidence showing a botched crime scene, problematic DNA evidence and a pair of leather gloves found at the crime scene that his lawyers said were worn by an unknown assailant who killed Brown Simpson and Goldman. Simpson squeezed into a new pair of gloves similar to those found at the scene during his trial.
“If it doesn’t fit, you must be acquitted,” John Cochran, his attorney, famously said at the time.
Scott Peterson was convicted in 2004 of killing his wife of 27 years, Lacey, and their unborn son, Conner. Prosecutors argued at the time he killed Lacey disposed of her body on Christmas Eve 2002 in San Francisco Bay.
California Supreme Court overturned Death sentence for Peterson in 2020 after news emerged that potential jury nominees had been improperly dismissed, but his conviction was affirmed by the court.
The case is far from over, Peterson’s attorneys said, noting that an unknown suspect killed Lacey and Conner.
“Just in the past few months, have we learned new information that will prove that Scott Peterson did not kill his wife, Lacey,” the attorney said. Pat Harris told Fox News Digital In December 2022 statement. We will continue to move forward until it is released.”
deceased New York Real estate tycoon Robert Durst was convicted in September 2021 of the murder of his close friend, Susan Berman, in 2000. He was sentenced to life without parole and died in January 2022.
Before his death, he was long suspected of killing his wife, Kathy Durst, who disappeared in 1982. Prosecutors allege the millionaire tried to silence Berman because she helped him cover up Kathy’s disappearance.
Durst took his stand at his trial for three weeks and testified repeatedly that he did not know who killed Berman.
But he admitted, under cross-examination, that he would take under oath to get away from trouble.
“Did you kill Susan Berman?” Durst said from the stand: “I did not kill Susan Berman. But if I had, I would lie about it.”
Lori Vallow and Chad Dibble
Both Vallow and her husband are accused of killing 17-year-old Tylee Vallow and 7-year-old JJ Vallow in 2019.
A joint trial was initially scheduled for 2021, but the proceedings have been delayed by Vallow’s proficiency tests and the “exceptionally huge” body of evidence, among other factors. In February, Judge Stephen Boyce ruled that their cases be discontinued because Fallow refused to waive her right to a speedy trial.
Their defense teams are expected to argue that the couple did not kill their children, which would suggest that an outside party did. Plus, while the couple didn’t blame each other for the crimes, Robertson says that’s not out of the question.
“What I don’t know is if Chad will testify [in Vallow’s trial]. “He’s in a great position to cooperate against Lowry,” the private investigator explained.
Authorities arrested Vallow in February 2020 and Daybell in June 2020.
A Fremont County grand jury initially indicted Vallow and Daybell in May 2021 on two counts: First degree murder Regarding the deaths of Tylee and JJ. The two children disappeared in September 2019.
They were missing for months when police said the couple lied about the children’s whereabouts and then snuck out to Hawaii before the children’s bodies were found in 2020 buried on Dayble’s property in rural Idaho.
Vallow and Daybell, who married in November 2019, allegedly collected Social Security benefits from JJ’s and Tylee between October 1, 2019, and January 22, 2020, after kill them.
The pair were charged in late May 2021 with multiple counts of each of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, grand theft by deception, first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder related to the deaths of the ex-Tillie, JJ and Chad Dibble. -Wife, the officials announced at the time. Arizona officials In June 2021, Vallow was also indicted in the July 2019 murder of her ex-husband, Charles Vallow.
Daybell has written several accounts of the end of the world loosely based on Mormon theology. Both participated in a group promoting preparation for the biblical end times. Vallow and Daybell bonded over their religious beliefs after initially meeting in 2018, when they first appeared together on a podcast discussing theories about the end of the world.
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